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BISMARCK—Homelessness increased in North Dakota this year, according to new federal estimates released Wednesday, Dec. 6. On a single night in January, state and local planning agencies in North Dakota reported 1,089 people were homeless, an 18 percent jump from 2016, according the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Although most were found in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, 331 people were unsheltered.
CASS LAKE, Minn. - A woman hiking in the Chippewa National Forest in north central Minnesota Saturday, Dec. 2 captured a rare sighting of a Canada lynx. Linda Palcich saw the lynx in the Sugar Bush area of the forest and submitted the photo to the Bemidji Pioneer. According the the Pioneer, Palcich took the photo around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.
Keep an eye on our live blog as we pass along information on the region's first major storm of the season.
BEMIDJI—Search teams looking for two fishermen missing on Lower Red Lake on Thursday, Nov. 30, found foot imprints on the lake bottom and a shoe they believe belongs to one of the fishermen. In a Facebook post Thursday evening, the Red Lake Police Department said crews using underwater remote-operated vehicles "managed to locate foot imprints on the lake bottom and eventually discovered a green fisherman's boot that most likely belongs to one of the missing fisherman."
BISMARCK — The environmental group Greenpeace asked a federal judge Wednesday, Nov. 29, to dismiss a "meritless" lawsuit brought by the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The lawsuit, filed by Energy Transfer Partners in August, argued Greenpeace and other groups facilitated crimes to interfere with the oil pipeline's construction. Dakota Access was the subject of months of protests before it went into service this summer.
MITCHELL, S.D.—A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 28, to entering a woman's home and stabbing her with a pair of scissors. Eustace Miles, 49, of Moorhead pleaded guilty at the Davison County Public Safety Center to aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon. A sentence hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23. According to court documents, on July 17, 2016, Miles entered a Mitchell residence and confronted a woman while she was in the shower.
FARGO—Friends and family, this week, will celebrate the life of Grant Heim, and his courageous battle with cancer. Heim passed away Friday, after a six year battle with a muscular cancer. Above is a video of Grant in 2011, shortly after the then 14-year- old was diagnosed. Heim made a Make-A-Wish trip in 2014. The avid wake boarder got to meet Dean Smith, a professional in the sport. The two remained friends until Heim's passing. Heim graduated from Fargo North High in 2015, and went to UND, and studied occupational therapy. He was just 20 years old.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision Monday, Nov. 27, to deny a request for post-conviction relief for a Fargo man who pleaded guilty to murdering his wife in 2013.
BISMARCK — North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is looking for North Dakota educators to join a committee to help review the state's academic standards for the content areas of science, health, the arts, and early learning. Later, the Department of Public will be looking for state residents to help in reviewing the standards the educators develop.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting of a man this week in downtown Fergus Falls, police said Friday, Nov. 24.